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Working horses, donkeys and burros are the lifeblood of rural economies in many developing countries, serving important roles as transportation and labor. But major welfare issues often arise due to lack of access to veterinary care and extremely challenging work environments.

The poor condition of the roads they travel, the heavy burdens they bear or pull, the makeshift harnesses and carriages—combined with inadequate feed and medical attention—contribute to a life of misery for many horses and donkeys worldwide. They may suffer from parasites, sores, thirst, sunburn, or serious injuries.

Training of animal health workers in rural communities, along with equine owners, helps ease this distress. Around the world, HSI works to bring such training to remote communities, promoting the economic benefits of better treatment. With your support, we can empower people to provide proper care to the animals who sustain them.


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